You’ve been waiting for months for news to leak about this day. You’ve gathered every ad from the newspaper and circled the best of the best. You’ve consulted the experts and even done some preliminary practice shopping. You’ve strategized your game plan and even mapped out your hourly schedule for the day.
No, we’re not talking about sports -- unless you, like us, consider holiday shopping a sport. We’re talking about the consumerism celebration, the retail revelry, the notorious annual shopping extravaganza that is... Black Friday.
And if you’re part of the 57 percent of American consumers who “find the experience to be fun,” as Women’s Wear Daily found last year, you’ll take on the challenge to find the best deals and discounts this Black Friday. Or possibly even Thanksgiving Day, since a fair number of stores will be open nationwide offering doorbuster sales for shoppers.
Even if you're up for the challenge, it can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t fret: We’ve scoured the Web, sifted through all of the sales and found the best deals and standout discounts from your favorite department stores, electronics chains, clothing boutiques and more, in stores and online, for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Remember: Be sure to double check websites for online purchases to see if the retailer offers free shipping or coupon codes for the store.
1. Bon-Ton: Over 500 doorbusters; Extra 25% off sale price merchandise using promo code “THANKS2013N” or this coupon; $60 off a ladies’ or men’s regular or sale price coat purchase of $100 more using coupon code “ZCOATSTHX13” or this coupon; Free shipping using code “FREESHIP”
2. J.C. Penney: Doorbusters Thursday 8 p.m. to Friday 1 p.m.; Free shipping over $49 Thursday through Monday; Get a $25 off coupon when you buy a 4-pack of JCPenney gift cards totaling $100 in stores only; 15% off using this coupon or online code “BLKDEALS” Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
3. Kmart: Up to 25% off housewares; Nakamichi NC40 Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $41.99; all TVs on sale
4. Kohl’s: Over 500 Black Friday deals on tops, electronics, jewelry, small appliances, clothing, shoes and more; Get $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent through Dec. 1
5. Macy’s: 20% off (plus an extra 15% off home) with code GOBBLE plus free shipping with $99 purchase; 60% off select designer coats for women; 20% off select outwear for men; Select Rampage women’s boots for $19.99; 25% off select Dyson items; 70% off memory foam pillows and toppers from Martha Stewart, Sensorpedic and more; Select appliances for $9.99 after $10 rebate
6. Sears: Up to 50% off bed and bath; B49/K45 Elite Coffee maker for $119.99; 4-slice digital toaster oven for $39.99; NutriBullet Blender for $99.99
7. Target: $40 gift card with the purchase of the GoPro Hero3 camera; $119 Beats by Dre solo HD Headphones; $229 for Element 50” LED HDTV; $10 select movies; $99 Nikon L320 camera
8. Walmart: Free shipping on orders of $35 or more; $688 Vizio 60” Smart LED HDTV; $278 HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14” laptop; $299 iPad mini; $98 32” Class LED HDTV; $39.96 for Call of Duty Ghosts
APPAREL, SHOES AND MORE
(For fashionistas looking to score deals on designer duds, check our guide for luxe sales here.)
1. Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% off entire store in stores and online Nov. 27 with $5 shipping
2. Aéropostale: 50% off everything; Free shipping on orders of $75 or more through Nov. 26
3. Aldo: Up to 50% off select styles
4. American Eagle: 59% off entire purchase; Free shipping for a limited time with coupon code “50F13311;” Additional 40% off AEO clearance
5. Ann Taylor: 50% off cashmere collectible sweaters
7. Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bag sale with up to 50 percent off select items; In store, $15 bMoney gift card for every $100 spent; Online-only, take $25 off every $200 spent; 30 percent off designer handbags; Free shipping on online orders until 12/21/2013; Loyalists get double Bloomingdale’s points until 12/1/2013
8. Bluefly: 30% off contemporary apparel and accessories; Designer handbag and shoe sales
9. Burlington Coat Factory: Donate a gently worn coat and get 10% off entire purchase until Jan. 20, 2014; Free $5 bonus card for every $50 bought until Dec. 24
10. The Children’s Place: Free shipping on every order; 30 to 50% off everything using coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” but not in-store code needed through Nov. 29; Buy a gift card, get a $10 off coupon
11. Club Monaco: 30% off reduced styles using coupon code “THANKS30” through Nov. 29
12. Converse: 25% off select styles using coupon code “AUTOMATIC” until midnight Dec. 2
13. Cosabella: 15% off order of $150 or more online through Nov. 29 at midnight using coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY15”
15. DSW: Double the points for rewards members using coupon code “DOUBLEFUN;” Triple the points for premier members using coupon code “TRIPLEFUN;” Free $5 gift card with every $50 gift card purchase
16. Express: 50% off everything through Friday at noon
17. Foot Locker: 15% off with no minimum purchase online using coupon code “IPFL3VF2;” Free shipping on all orders of $75 or more
18. Forever21: Up to 50% off select items; Buy one, get one free deals; Yellow tag deals with items starting at $3
19. French Connection: 30% off purchases through Dec. 2 in-store and online; Free shipping on orders over $150 using coupon code “W13COUPON”
20. The Gap: Up to 60% off select styles online and in stores until Nov. 28; 20% off entire purchase using coupon code “GAPLOVE;” Free shipping on all orders over $50; Daily deals through Black Friday weekend
21. H&M: Sales up to 70% off through Black Friday weekend
22. Henri Bendel: Extra 20 percent off sale items using code “FSEXTRA20”; Free shipping with no code needed; Sign up for emails and receive 10 percent off your next order; 20 percent off orders of $100 plus, 25 percent off orders of $200 plus, 30 percent off $300 plus using code “PARTYGUIDE”
23. J. Crew: 30% off entire purchase in stores and online using code “HOLIDAY” through Dec. 1
24. Journey’s: 30 to 50% off select styles; Free shipping on orders of $39.99 or more
25. Hollister: 40% off entire store in stores and online Nov. 27 with $5 shipping
26. Justice: 40% off entire purchase plus an extra 20% off every item through Dec. 1 using coupon code “775” automatically applied at checkout
27. Lane Bryant: 50% off entire store through Dec. 1 using coupon code “THANKSLB” in stores, online and at outlets
28. Lord & Taylor: 20% off sale and clearance items using coupon code “BIG”
29. Old Navy: 30% off entire purchase or 40% off entire purchase using Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic credit card until Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. using coupon code “PRESENT;” Free shipping on all orders of $50 or more
30. Pacsun: Buy one item and get one 50% off online
31. Payless Shoe Source: Free shipping with $35 purchase or more; 50% off slippers; 50% off the Zane riding boot
32. Piperlime: 30% off using coupon code “THANKS” until Nov. 27; Free shipping on all purchases
34. Saks Off Fifth: 40 percent to 50 percent off entire purchase for a total of 70 percent in savings; Free shipping on all purchases using code “FREESHIP”; Buy one pair of Women's Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one pair of Men's Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one Men's Suit, Sportcoat or Dress Pant and get another of equal or lesser value free; An extra 50% off Men's & Women's Outerwear, Cashmere Sweaters, Hats, Gloves & Scarves
35. Shopbop: Spend $250, save 15 percent; Spend $500, save 20 percent; Spend $1,000, save 25 percent
36. Urban Outfitters: Deals under $20, $30 and $50 for women’s and men’s; Free shipping on all orders over $50
37. Victoria’s Secret: Free slippers with top PJ gifts; Free Secret reward card with $10 purchase from Dec. 5-20; Free scarf with any sweater purchase; Free laundry bag with any $65 Pink bedding item using code “BAG65;” Free shipping on purchases of $100 or more using coupon code “SHIP13”
ELECTRONICS AND MEDIA
2. Barnes & Noble: Extra 30% off any item of your choice using this coupon or coupon code “BFRIDAY30.” Simple Touch e-reader for $39 through Dec. 1; Nook HD is $79; Buy one, get one for $10 Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions; 50% off boxed sets; 50% off over 1,000 DVDs and Blu-rays
3. Best Buy: Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 16GB for $299.99; Samsung 65” LED HDTV for $999.99; Movies for $7.99 each; Samsung Galaxy S4 free with 2-year contract on all carriers
4. Dell: Online only, Dell Inspiron 15 for $199.99, Inspiron 660s for $199.99, 13: widescreen monitor for $99.99
5. GameStop: Xbox 360 250GB bundle with Halo 4 and Tomb Raider for $199; PS3 250GB bundle with The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham for $199; Battlefield 4 for $24.99; Just Dance 4 for $14.99; Sophix 7" tablet for $69.98
7. New Egg: Samsung Galaxy Tab with 16GB for $299; 14” HP Pavilion Intel Celeron notebook for $224.99; ASUS HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor $109.99
8. Office Depot: HP Pavilion Touchsmart laptop $299.99; Samsung Galaxy Note 8” tablet for $349.99; Free USB Drive with purchase of $60 HP Ink
10. Radio Shack: RC Execuheli Helicopter for $14.99; Samsung Galaxy S4 for $49.99; Midland HD Action Camera with free memory card for $99.99
HOME AND GARDEN
1. A.C. Moore: 50% off coupon for any one regular price item using this coupon; 55% off any one regular priced item on Sunday only using this coupon; 50% off jewelry bead strands; 50% off holiday décor.
2. Home Depot: Samsung 28.5 cu. ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator for $1,598; Samsung Stainless Steel Dishwasher for $398; All Dyson Vacuums 25% off.
3. IKEA: EXPEDIT shelving unit for $19.99; DINERA dinnerware set for $4.99/4pack
4. Lowe’s: Deals on appliances, flooring, outdoor and recreation and more.
7. Pier 1 Imports: 25% or more off on fall and Thanksgiving.
8. Pottery Barn: 60% off most clearance items.
1. Bath & Body Works: Buy 3, get 3 free; 5 for $15 or 7 for $20 anti-bac hand soap; $1 shipping on orders of $25 or more using code “HURRY25;” VIP bag $20 with a $40 purchase through Nov. 30.
3. BJ’s Wholesale Club: Free shipping on TVs 50” and above and all cameras; $299.99 ASUS Transformer 10.1” tablet.
4. Dick’s Sporting Goods: Free shipping on all purchases; $250 off Stiga table tennis; $100 off Sole cardio; Up to $700 off select gun safes
5. Dollar General: Buy one, get one 75% off all toys; $15 select small appliances; $3 batteries; $28 Color Changing Tower Speaker System;
6. Gander Mountain: Free shipping on all purchases; 30% off work boots; $79.99 Vortex Lite Bow; Buy one, get one 60% off “Duck Dynasty” hats or tees
7. GNC: 66% off select twin packs; $1.99 flat rate shipping
8. Guitar Center: Kohala Soprano Ukelele for $29.99; Digital Reference DRV100 vocal microphone $19.99.
9. Kay Jewelers: Free bracelet with any Charmed Memories purchase of $100 or more online and in stores; Up to 50% off sapphire jewelry through Nov. 27.
10. PetSmart: 40% off select dog beds; 15% off site wide on $60, 20% on $100 and 30% on $150; Free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
12. Toys “R” Us: Free $10 gift card for purchases of $75 or more in store until Nov. 29; $24.99 for Despicable Me 2 Dancing Dave; $29.99 Furby Boom.
13. Ulta: bareMinerals Go for the Glow or Light Things Up ($10 each); 25% off ULTRA Chic Red Pro Dryer or 1″ Flat Iron with coupon, Urban Decay Travel-Sized Eden/Sin Primers ($12); Urban Decay Dangerous Palette ($16); Benefit Lip Lotto ($18); philosophy Shower Gels ($10 each); philosophy Best Beautiful Wishes ($25, $53 value); Too Faced Better Than Sex Essentials ($15, $42 value) through Nov. 28.
15. Zales: 25% off regular prices storewide.
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Nadine joined IBTimes in July 2011 and is the editor of the Continuous News Desk, which covers trending news. She writes about retail, the fashion industry and pop culture...